ISIS and anti-Assad rebels are using an amphetamine called ‘Captagon’ to stay on their toes while raging with jihad and vengeance in Syria.
The Metro reports:
Made out of easily available legal substances, this drug was first created in the sixties to treat hyperactivity, narcolepsy and depression but was banned in eighties for being too addictive.
While cheap to make, it has a street value of $20 (£12.90) and revenues from its sale reaches into the millions of dollars – part of which is believed to be used by the Islamic State and other militia groups in Syria to buy weapons.
Lebanese psychiatrist, Ramzi Haddad, told the Guardian that Captagon has ‘the typical effects of a stimulant’ and produces ‘a kind of euphoria – you’re talkative, you don’t sleep, you don’t eat, you’re energetic.’
According to some reports, it is not only Anti Assad and Isis fighters who have been taking the drug to stay awake during long battles and night missions – but that an increasing number of demoralised Syrian civilians have been resorting to the drug.
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